Summer in Bloom

Whether you want world-class eats, provocative visual arts, or transcendent theater, you’ll find it in Aspen this season. Whether you want world-class music, provocative visual arts, or transcendent theater, you’ll find it in Aspen this season.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


Aspen’s Historic Opera House Gets Its Finishing Touches

The final phase of an elegant $4.2 million makeover brings the storied Wheeler Opera House into the 21st century.

05/01/2016 By Elizabeth Nix Photography by Dan Bayer

Art History

Artist Enclave Anderson Ranch Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

How the onetime sheep farm in Snowmass Village has transformed a into a coveted in-residence destination

05/01/2016 By Dexter Cirillo

Heat Up

The Essential Guide to Aspen's Summer Events

Whether you want world-class music, provocative visual arts, or transcendent theater, you’ll find it in Aspen this season.

05/01/2016 With Todd Hartley, Catherine Lutz, and Brook Sutton Illustrations by Nicole Licht By Grace Lichtenstein

Eat & Drink

Patio Pounders

Hot Spots for Hangover-Free Imbibing

Local restaurateurs are embracing less potent cocktails for easier summer sipping.

05/01/2016 By Laurel Miller


The St. Regis Makes a Vintage Move

A new sommelier arrives in Aspen from Sonoma.

05/01/2016 By Kelly J. Hayes

Eat & Drink

The No-Tipping Point: Local Restaurateurs Consider a New System

Could changes to the traditional restaurant payment model work locally?

05/01/2016 By Tom Passavant

Health & Wellness

Home Remedy

Breathe Easier with an Altitude Simulation Room

For the price of a Maserati, how about a bedroom where the engineered air is almost as rich as it is at sea level?

05/01/2016 By Ted Katauskas

Home & Real Estate


A Bold Renovation on Brush Creek

A minimalist redesign by Rowland + Broughton rekindles a family’s love for its longtime home.

05/23/2016 By Sarah Chase Shaw

News & Profiles

Call & Response

A Q&A with Aspen Police Department Chief Richard Pryor

How a Brit with a degree in farm management ended up as top cop in a tony ski town.

05/01/2016 By Ted Katauskas

Trail Marker

The Ying Yang on the Rim Trail Has a Bittersweet Origin

For locals who know the story behind the unique monument, it truly is a sacred spot.

05/01/2016 By Catherine Lutz

In a Pickle

The Popularity of Pickleball in the Roaring Fork Valley

One of the fastest-growing sports in the country is not what you might expect.

05/01/2016 By Alison Margo


A Look Inside Colorado's Stunning Marble Quarry

Drawing on centuries of experience, the Italian owners of Marble’s namesake quarry are leaving no flawless stone unturned.

05/01/2016 By Todd Hartley

Call & Response

Mastering the Food & Wine Classic

Longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine Dana Cowin reflects on a classic Aspen culinary celebration.

05/01/2016 By Ted Katauskas

Meet Your Maker

Fall Fashion Must Have: A One-Of-A-Kind Lid from the Aspen Hatter

Local hatmaker Chris Roberts crafts custom toppers with true artisan flair.

05/01/2016 By Erik Hesselman


How Chef Ryan Hardy Left His Mark on the Roaring Fork Valley

After decamping to Manhattan in 2013, Hardy returns in December to kick-off The Little Nell's 2nd Annual Guest Chef Dinner Series.

05/01/2016 By Laurel Miller

Lean, Clean Machines

These Super Green Students are Building and Racing Clean-Energy Cars

How Solar Rollers, a Carbondale-based nonprofit, is motivating tomorrow’s smart tech set through its growing program.

05/01/2016 By Allison Johnson


Perform Locally, Hire Globally

As cultural organizations hire top-level staffers based outside the Roaring Fork Valley, what does it mean for Aspen audiences?

05/01/2016 By Julie Comins Pickrell


Aspen's Local Summer Confabs Reach an All-Time High

Does what’s said in Aspen stay in Aspen, or does all of the high-minded talk truly incite change?

05/01/2016 By Allen Best

Party Pictures

People & Places

Après Ski Cocktail Classic 2016

Aspen Sojourner helped sponsor this homage to artisan spirits with three booze-soaked days of grand tastings, mixologist demos, cocktail-paired dinners, and pub crawls.

05/20/2016 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer


Sponsored Content

The Face of Exceptional Building

When Jack established Jack Wilkie Builder, Inc., he found his passion handcrafting spectacular custom homes.


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The Face of Real Estate with Horse Sense

Ole is a royally bred Dutch Warm Blood Cross born at the Dopkin Ranch, delivered by Carol into the good life with the best of care and taking many championsh...


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The Faces of Investment Management

A disciplined process. An independent perspective. A commitment to putting clients first.


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The Face of Luxury Residential Architecture

Passion. Talent. Experience. Commitment.


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The Faces of Orthopedics

When it comes to sports medicine and orthopedics, you couldn’t be in a better place for care from the “best of the best.”


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The Faces of Health & Movement

Whether you’re an elite athlete recovering from a sports injury or a retiree just looking to improve mobility, the Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute team ...


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The Face of Fine Wine

Rhonda Black left a career on Wall Street to pursue her personal passion for great mountains and fine wine.


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The Faces of Mawa’s Kitchen

At Mawa’s Kitchen and café we understand that you eat to do more than fuel your body, you eat to connect with friends and family.


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The Face of Nightlife

We create the fantasy people want to be part of at Bootsy Bellows. From our beautiful cocktail girls to our unique bottle service, Bootsy’s offers a little s...


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The Faces of Luxury Residential Construction

Hansen Construction has built many of Aspen’s and Snowmass’s most extraordinary structures since 1982.


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The Faces of Experience In Aspen

Evan and Tim met in high school in 1963. They went to college together and wound up in Aspen in the early ’70’s, taking turns mopping the J Bar. They coached...


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The Face of Art Galleries

Gallery owner Ann Korologos has been a government leader, nonprofit executive, and business professional, serving as U.S. Secretary of Labor under President ...


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The Faces of Innovative Kitchen Design

Thurston Kitchen and Bath has been the face of innovation and creativity in kitchen and bath design/installation in Aspen for nearly forty years.


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The Faces of Due Diligence

In a world of “what have you done for me lately”, these five women prove everyday why a group of loyal clients benefit from their long term relationships.


Style & Shopping

Objects of Desire

Amp up Your Accessories with These Tribal Inspired Pieces

Intricate beads, bold bone charms, and chunky raw stones will make a statement.

05/01/2016 By Katie Shapiro Photography by Rebecca Stumpf


Get Graphic

Make a statement with this summer’s bold and beautiful looks.

05/01/2016 By Shelly Safir Marolt Photography by Bernhard Donaubauer


Gear Closet: Camping Classics

Pack up for a weekend outdoors with these vintage-vibed picks.

02/01/2016 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Travel & Outdoors


Find Outdoor Bliss With Three Guided Hiking Experiences

Hiking is Aspen’s summer recreation of choice; increase the options with a guided trail experience.



Inside Aspen Cycling Club's 18-Race Summer Season

The series gears up for summer with enhanced appeal for all levels and three new trails to try.

05/01/2016 By Tess Weaver Strokes Photography by Steve Kelly